on July 25, 2007
in b minor BWV 232, J.S. Bach
Jos van Veldhoven - conductor
Dorothee Mields -soprano
Joahnnette Zomer -soprano
Matthew White -alto
Charles Daniels -tenor
Peter Harvey -bass
Program on July 26, 2007
Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
- Cantate "Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten"
- Concert in E gr.t. BMV 1042
- cantate "Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!"
Jos van Veldhoven -conductor
Netherlands Bach Society
Mass in b minor and All-Bach Program
The Netherlands Bach Society performs Bach's Mass in B minor,
conducted by Jos van Veldhoven. This spectacular work, in which
Bach successfully combined his abilities as a composer of vocal
and instrumental music, occupies a special place within his
total oeuvre. Bach's very last composition, and at the same
time his largest-scale work, encompasses not only the full text
of the mass, but all of the musical genres in which he worked.
For this reason, the Mass in B minor is a fitting crown on Bach's
entire artistic creation.
About The Netherlands Bach Society
The Netherlands Bach Society owes its existence and fame to
the performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion which it
has given since 1922 in the Grote Kerk, Naarden, the Netherlands.
The present-day Netherlands Bach Society consists of a group
of professional singers and instrumentalists who are specialized
in the performance practice of seventeenth and eighteenth century
repertoire, primarily works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries
and predecessors. The flexibility of the ensemble enables it
to give performances with both large and small settings, of
both religious and secular choral and orchestral music, and
to perform an impressive number of works including many compositions
receiving their first-ever present-day performances. This creative
programming is inspiring for both musicians and public. The
artistic director and chief conductor of the Netherlands Bach
Society is Jos van Veldhoven. The Netherlands Bach Society has
collaborated with prominent early music conductors such as Gustav
Leonhardt, Paul McCreesh, Marcus Creed, and Masaaki Suzuki.
New York Times:
"The playing was lively and fresh, and the small choir
floated over it with perfect clarity’ Bach Society achieves
NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands:
"The Bach Society came very close with their total
transparency in the Credo and really achieved it in the Confiteor.
To be able to hear everything in this music is a rare and uplifting
experience of incredible beauty. We do not know if Bach ever
heard this music himself. But even if he had, the quote from
Gustav Leonhardt would still have applied: "Oh, if Bach
had only had the Netherlands Bach Society!"
De Volkskrant, The Netherlands:
"Tremulously delicate High Mass. Well-chosen tempo
changes and clever use of the oppositions between the sighing
violins (crucifixus) and the exultant transverse flutes (et
resurrexit) raised the performance to exalted heights."